Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Wednesday, Mar 7, 2012 at 8:29 AM
|
By Alysia Gray Painter

Running Across Catalina

Running Across Catalina

The Catalina Island Conservancy Marathon presents hilly challenges and amazing ocean vistas. Read »

Thursday, Dec 15, 2011 at 2:04 PM
|
By Alysia Gray Painter

The Nighttime Zip Line

The Nighttime Zip Line

Catalina. You, in a helmet up high. The water and the moon. Done and done and done and done. Read »

Friday, Nov 18, 2011 at 12:59 PM
|
By Alysia Gray Painter

Black Friday on the Zip Line

Black Friday on the Zip Line

Is your shopping done? Want to skip the early-morning lines? Grab a boat and head west. Read »

Friday, Aug 19, 2011 at 2:40 PM
|
By Alysia Gray Painter

Catalina Swing Dance Festival

Catalina Swing Dance Festival

Registration is now open for a certain island's sock-hoppiest hullabaloo. Read »

Monday, Apr 18, 2011 at 7:46 AM
|
By Alysia Gray Painter

Catalina Art Fair & Exhibition

Catalina Art Fair & Exhibition

It's a springtime stroll-and-shop party that's just steps from the Pacific. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 30, 2011 at 4:05 PM
|
By Alysia Gray Painter

Catalina Island Conservancy Ball

Catalina Island Conservancy Ball

Help an organization that helps Catalina. Oh, and shake your booty, too. Read »

Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 8:39 AM
|
By Alysia Gray Painter

2011 Catalina Marathon

2011 Catalina Marathon

You, an island, and 26.2 miles. Oh. And maybe buffalo? Yes! Read »

Wednesday, Jul 6, 2011 at 12:54 PM
|
By Alysia Gray Painter

Catalina Valentine's Sweetheart Dance

Catalina Valentine's Sweetheart Dance

Can't wait for the Avalon Ball in May? You can twirl at the Casino much sooner. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 1, 2011 at 9:49 AM
|
By Alysia Gray Painter

Avalon Ball Travel Package

Avalon Ball Travel Package

The Art Deco Society has a good stayover package. Bonus: behind-the-scenes tour. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 6, 2011 at 12:54 PM
|
By Alysia Gray Painter

Look Who's Riding the Catalina Zip Line

Look Who's Riding the Catalina Zip Line

Santa is trying out the offbeat conveyances around SoCal. Read »

advertisement
About
A good time is just a short drive away, and Worth the Drive points you in the right direction. It's a daily look at nearby getaways, festivals and sweet deals.
Travel Kit

GET A ROOM

Hotel deals around the Golden State that don't nab all your gold.

ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS

Giant drive-through donuts? We got your giant drive-through donuts right here.

SPOTLIGHT SAN DIEGO

Attractions, eateries and secret spots that we won't tell the tourists about.

LA GETAWAY

Unique hotels, ethnic festivals -- yes, there are reasons to drive north.

WAKE UP IN VEGAS

Pools and glow-in-the-dark margaritas and dice and nice suites. Oh yeah. You're going.

LOAD THE CAR SEAT

When you have to/want to take the kids along.

Authors
ALYSIA GRAY PAINTER Alysia Gray Painter has served as the West Coast Managing Editor for AOL CityGuide, as well as the Los Angeles editor; she has also written for Bark magazine, McSweeney's, Modern Humorist, and PBS programs and publications.
Becky Stickney Becky Stickney is an editor for NBCSanDiego.com and has been a San Diego resident for more than 12 years. She's a mom who loves to travel around the Southwest, looking for interesting places to visit and photograph.
advertisement